Sleepy Cat

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BY JENN WEBSTER (Archive from 2005 Western Horse Breeders Guide, presented by Western Horse Review)

He was a dun-colored paragon 
of athleticism, beauty and charm, and was single-handedly credited for “…bringing back the Quarter Horse industry to life in Alberta,” as stated by a yellowed Calgary, November 28, 1959, newspaper archive of The Herald Magazine.

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Foaled in 1938 in Colorado, Sleepy Cat was imported by brothers Jac and Allie Streeter of Stavely, Alberta in March of 1942. According to the first edition of The Butte Stands Guard, a historical book from the Stavely, Alberta area, this stallion was the first ever, registered Quarter Horse in Canada. There’s no doubt that following his importation into the country, Sleepy Cat clearly played a significant role in the Canadian Quarter Horse industry. In fact, The Herald Magazine went so far as to praise this influential Canadian sire for the probability that one day he would likely “…take the same position as Old Sorrel holds in the Quarter Horse story in the United States.”

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Sleepy Cat was a versatile stallion 
who bore the American Quarter Horse Association registration number 620. He was a son of Red Dog (AQHA #55) by Ballamooney, and out of Fatima (AQHA #58), by Old Sheik. Sleepy Cat’s lineage traces back to the immortal beginnings of the AQHA and some of the most famous names in the blue book of Quarter Horses. Through circumstances, he is also linked to the original forefathers of the association – the gentlemen who first brought the AQHA registry to fruition.

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Sleepy Cat was foaled in Whitewater, Colorado and was raised by Jack Casement, a prominent breeder of Quarter Horses and a most influential founder of the AQHA. Jack was involved with the AQHA from its earliest, most primitive beginnings. According to Volume 1 of the AQHA Stud Book and Registry, it was the dream of the late William Anson (Christoval, Texas) to record the origin and attributes of the Quarter Horse breed, and it is a well-known fact that Dan Casement of Manhattan, Kansas also “contributed to the general store of knowledge concerning these horses.” However, it remained an “untouched field” until the writings of Jack Casement (son to Dan), and Robert M. Denhardt of College Station, Texas, “drew the spotlight of public attention to the Quarter Horse.” Their articles to various magazines “found a surprising response among breeders and users of Quarter Horses throughout the west.”

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Subsequent to this, the first serious discussion of a Quarter Horse organization was held in 1939. An informal meeting that included Denhardt among others, “formed the nucleus of an ever-increasing group of Quarter Horse enthusiasts and on behalf of this group a general invitation was extended to all interested parties for a meeting to be held in Fort Worth on March 15th, 1940, during the annual Fat Stock Show.”

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On March 14, 1940, a preliminary meeting was held where both Dan and Jack attended and agreed to help with the preliminary work involved in the “foaling of such an organization.” After the official meeting was adjourned on the eve of the following day, it was reconvened as the first meeting of the American Quarter Horse Association and both Casements were elected to the newly appointed board of directors – Dan as an Honorary Vice President and Jack as a Director.

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Back to Sleepy Cat. Jac and Allie Streeter were the sons of Harry and Mary Streeter. The Streeters had purchased the land that would become the “Streeter Outfit” in 1919, near Willow Creek, Alberta. It had previously belonged to James Ford. Harry was a long time aficionado of horses and can be credited with the production of one of the first indoor rodeos in Canada which he put on in 1929 at the Stavely, Alberta, skating rink. Additionally, he often held two-day rodeos on their ranch during the 1930s. Harry then turned to racehorses in the 1940s – Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Quarter Horses – and owned one of the largest racing stables in western Canada until he passed away in 1949. Harry’s sons had purchased the ranch from him in 1946.

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Both Jac and Allie followed closely in their father’s footsteps and were excellent horsemen. When they found out the good horse, Sleepy Cat, was at Jack Casement’s place, they jumped in a truck and brought him home to Stavely. Both the paternal and maternal sides of Sleepy Cat’s pedigree could be traced to the Steel Dust legacy and the stallion would offer much to the Streeter breeding operation. Steel Dust was a Quarter Horse “type” foaled in 1843 who attracted much attention in the southwestern states as a sire of running and cow horses. Sleepy Cat inherited the fabled Steel Dust profile – the smooth and compact shape, short back and deep barrel – without falling heir to Steel Dust’s single flaw, a bulging jaw. Sleepy Cat’s head was more refined and charming, and he possessed a mind and temperament to match. He had “an ideal disposition – mild and tractable as a breeding or working animal and highly intelligent.”

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Sleepy Cat earned equal credentials in the show pen as he did as a sire. At the 1945 Calgary Stampede, he was declared Champion Rope Horse  – winning on the same day Jac and Alice Smith were married. Sleepy Cat won many laurels over the years, appearing in numerous cutting contests and roping events. He was sire to at least 200 foals during the course of his life in Alberta and was often used for the breeding of Campbell mares in the Ad Day Quarter Horse operation, owned at the time by Alf Campbell of Alberta. The Herald Magazine credits this mating as that “…which brought the Quarter Horse Industry back to life in Alberta and established it in the almost fabulous manner we know today.”

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Sleepy Cat was held in such high esteem as a sire that often he was claimed as the sire, or grandsire of horses who never so much as nickered “over the fence to him.” Of some 200 foals, only 28 were ever registered with the AQHA and all are now deceased. However, of those 28 horses was Black Gnat, a black gelding owned by Coy and Casement of Buffalo, Wyoming. Black Gnat was the only documented performing offspring of Sleepy Cat and achieved his Open Performance Register of Merit in 1952. Many of the other listed registered horses were owned by Streeters or Campbells. Sleepy Cat was known to ranchers as a “solid gentleman,” and often stood to outside mares, so it’s likely the rest of his foals exceeded in ranch duties, cow horse and roping events and were scattered across western Canada.

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In July of 1959, the much-loved stallion passed away quietly at age 22 in 
Streeter’s pasture. Gone but never to be forgotten, the horse’s epilogue would read, “undoubtedly it was Sleepy Cat and his offspring which stimulated the first [Canadian] interest and activity in the Quarter Horse business…”

CQHA Scholarships

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The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2016 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.

Jenna Lambert awarded $2,000.

Jenna Lambert awarded $2,000.

Jenna Lambert was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and is entering her third year of study in the Veterinary Medicine Program at the University of Calgary. Jenna started riding at a young age, and her love and passion for horses has carried forward into a passion for veterinary medicine. Over the past four years, Jenna has worked on a research project alongside veterinarians from UCVM, with a focus on predicting disease severity and outcome in critically ill horses in Alberta. Being part of this study allowed her to work alongside numerous equine specialists and truly solidified her decision to become an equine veterinarian. Jenna has a strong interest in equine surgery, and upon completion of her DVM hopes to pursue the path of becoming an equine surgeon. In the future, Jenna plans to take the knowledge and skills she gains as a equine veterinarian abroad to help working equids in need.

In the past, Jenna has enjoyed the opportunity to become involved in her local horse community. One notable experience was spending one year as the Calgary Stampede Queen. She was able to participate in numerous community based charity and fund-raising events, and meet people from various horse communities. Jenna is actively involved in the UCVM Equine club, which hosts annual community events focused on horse health and educating members of the public, specifically 4-H and pony club. In addition to this, Jenna is also a team-lead on the equine committee for Vet-U-Can, an open house for UCVM which is hosted every two years.
Growing up riding Quarter Horses has left a particular soft spot for the breed. Currently, Jenna enjoys training her young Quarter Horse mare, Stella, during study breaks. In the past couple of years she began competing in the Extreme Cowboy Racing circuit, and hopes to continue this sport which promotes trust and partnership between horse and rider.
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                                   Brooklyn Collard awarded $1,000.

Brooklyn Collard is a 17-year-old honours student from Calgary, Alberta. She will be attending the University of Calgary Honours Zoology program in the fall. After her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend veterinary school working towards becoming an equine vet.
Brooklyn has been in 4-H for eight years, completing the horsemanship and English jumping projects. Her passion lies in jumping horses, and she has attended weekly jumping lessons, as well as Pony Club for eight years. Brooklyn has been training her 14-year-old smoky buckskin mare, Zorra, for the last seven years. She competes with Zorra in English, western, trail, gymkhana and jumping events. She is an active volunteer for both 4-H and Pony Club and in the community, including flood clean-up at the Millarville Racetrack, cleaning tack for the Therapeutic Riding Association, and baking for families in need through the Made by Mama’s organization.
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Alisa Brace awarded $1,000.

Alisa Brace was raised on a small farm east of Sundre, Alberta and spent much of her childhood either doing chores on a small beef operation or riding horses. Her first time on a horse was when she was three months old and even just as an infant she knew that her place in life was in the saddle. Alisa started small with just pleasure riding at home and around her property then branched out to competing in local Light Horse shows in both English and Western, and most recently she has begun to take part in the drill team for her hometown pro rodeo running sponsor flags between events.

As well as various horse activities Alisa was also an avid dancer at her dance club in Sundre where she danced for eleven years and got the opportunity to compete in various competitions as well as take leadership roles as both an assistant dance teacher in her younger years and a role model to the younger dancers in her last few years. She also played on both the Eagles and Scorpions basketball teams in middle and high school. Alisa is currently a student at Lakeland College and having completed her certificate as a Veterinary Medical Assistant she will be heading back in the fall to complete her diploma in Animal Health Technology. She looks forward to finishing school and starting her career in a clinic with a main focus on equine and bovine herd health and reproduction, as well as equine performance.

“We were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the second year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013. We realized that there are differences in academic achievement, leadership and volunteer activities depending on the number of years a student has been involved in their studies. The changes we made in the qualification criteria have addressed these aspects and I am very pleased to say that the awards this year more clearly achieve the goals of the fund.”


In 2016, there were two different categories of scholarships. One going to first or second year students (2 – $1,000 awards). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/high-school-students The other goes to students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/undergraduate-graduate-students

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future.

Freeze Frame

Western Pleasure

There’s no shortage of equipment out there. With Freeze Frame, we’re going for “useful” too. This month, Lindsay Soderberg tells us about a few of her favorite things for the western pleasure ring. Although this Alberta native has only been training professionally for three years, her accomplishments have really been racking up with a National Snaffle Bit Association World championship and two Congress championships already to her credit.

By Jenn Webster

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– My headstall, reins and saddle are both by Blue Ribbon Custom Tack, out of Phoenix, AZ. My saddle has a Dowdy tree, with Entz tooling, a custom silver package and a black seat.

– The chinstrap on this headstall is a half-inch flat curb chain.

– My hat is from Shorty’s Hattery in Oklahoma City, OK. It is just a western pleasure style, traditional hat in black.

– My chaps are from Hobby Horse. I’ve been wearing them for 16 years now! They are black, fringed ultrasuede. The ultrasuede means they are cooler than leather and can be machine washed.

– The mare I am riding, “Gina” is wearing a small correctional bit on the headstall, also made by Blue RIbbon.

– Gina is sporting a leather-top tail from Broomtails by Val. The unique attachment used in this tail extension ensures the tail hangs naturally and doesn’t appear “fake.”

– My jacket is made of white leather and one I designed myself! I don’t have much time for sewing because I’m so busy riding, but I usually take my ideas to a seamstress and have her sew them up. This jacket sports lots of rhinestones and big square crystals. I always want clothing designs that are complimentary to my horses. I have designed two other outfits for my customers in the past year – it’s something I like to do in my free time.

– My boots are Rios of Mercedes.

– My spurs are custom-made by Tom Balding, with my name on them.

Stolen Horse: Update

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Rooster Kicker with his owner in 2010, after winning the individual gold medal from the NAJYR Championships in Kentucky. This horse went missing from his stall at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB, on August 25.

 

Typically I like to keep My Stable Life light, educational and occasionally, humorous. However, an incident occurring in the wee hours of August 25 hit a little too close to home for me and a good friend in particular. With very little information to go on and a frustrating investigation ensuing, I have chosen to spread the word about the disappearance of Rooster Kicker, a 2004 AQHA gelding, from his stall at Westerner Park during the Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals. With any luck, perhaps WHR readers might be able to help his owner shed some light on the crime. Here’s the story…

On Sunday, August 24, Nancy Pratch finished contending in the amateur reining class at the Canadian National Quarter Horse Show held at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. It was a great show for Nancy as she and her boyfriend Cory had each won their respective reining classes. Following their classes, the duo proceeded to put their horses away for the night. Although the show was technically done, given the late finish Cory and Nancy decided to stay one more night and leave first thing in the morning.

Rooster Kicker and Nancy Pratch in action. Photo by HD2 Sports.

Rooster Kicker and Nancy Pratch in action. Photo by HD2 Sports.

At approximately 12:30am, Rooster Kicker was in his stall, in Barn A, and fed two flakes of hay. When Nancy closed Rooster Kicker’s stall door, not only did she securely latch the stall door with its pin system, she also latched “Kicker’s” halter around the stall door and buckled it up for extra measures. The lead rope was clipped to the halter and left hanging. Cory and Nancy then went to sleep in the living quarters of their trailer, which was parked on the North East side of Barn B.

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At 7:00 am on August 25, Cory left the trailer to feed their horses breakfast. Cory found Rooster Kicker’s stall empty, the door pushed inwards, halter lying in the middle of the stall – horse and lead rope missing. Cory started looking around. A few minutes later Nancy arrived to find the stall empty and Cory looking around the barn. The couple began to search the grounds and asked anyone they encountered if they had seen the missing bay horse as they went along.

Cory spoke to an employee of Westerner Park and learned that all gates other than the main entrance were closed. (Westerner staff also confirmed that all the gates except for the main entrance were closed at 12:30am and opened at 6:00am.)

After searching the entire property, it was apparent the horse was no longer at the Westerner Park facility. Brand inspector, Bruce Etherington was notified of the disappearance, Bruce then made the appropriate calls to get a hold of RCMP Livestock Investigator Dave Heaslip. Heaslip contacted Cory and advised him to call the Red Deer police. The 911 call was made at 7:47am by Cory and he and Nancy continued their search in and around the Westerner Park.

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The yellow dot indicates where Rooster Kicker was eventually found. The red dot indicates where he was taken from.

At 8:39 am, Cory received a call from the RCMP stating that a horse had been found behind the south Red Deer Best Buy. Behind the store, the search party found Rooster Kicker in the care of Dan Metzger. According to Metzger, two homeless men had discovered Rooster Kicker on Highway 2 (north bound) with the lead rope tied snugly around his neck. They found him wandering around a very busy intersection, where he was left in harms way. The men caught Rooster Kicker and lead him down behind Best Buy, tied him to a tree and went to find someone who could contact authorities. The two men made contact with Dan, who contacted authorities and the two homeless men continued with their day. RCMP Investigator Hugo Painchaud arrived at the scene found the horse had been retrieved to the proper owners and left shortly thereafter. Rooster Kicker was found unharmed, loaded into a trailer and returned to his stall.

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Nancy Pratch with Team Canada at the NAJYR Championships in Kentucky, 2010.

There are several theories about “Kicker’s” disappearance, however, few solid answers have yet to surface. During the Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals, the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta had hired a security company to patrol the grounds to ensure the safety of all competitors. However, this security contract was over as of the evening of August 24 – as soon as the show concluded. Since Nancy and Cory had decided to stay over one extra night to prevent themselves from experiencing fatigue on the highway home, there was no security in effect during the time of Kicker’s disappearance.

RCMP have confirmed that since there was no evidence to verify whether this incident was a crime, or that the horse got away on its own, they have concluded the file. Additionally, as the horse was found safe, there are no investigational avenues to pursue from a RCMP standpoint.

RCMP advice to future competitors at Westerner Park is to ensure that “everything is locked up.”

With “no evidence” to base the incident upon, Rooster Kicker’s disappearance – which left the horse in harm’s way – has left his owners to question whether or not the incident was a random act of theft or a malicious crime. However, the facts conclude that there is nothing “random” about the horse that missing from Westerner Park that day. Rooster Kicker is actually a gold medal winner from the North American Junior & Young Rider’s Championships held in Kentucky in 2010. He has earned numerous championships with his owner. Whomever decided to undo the halter that secured his stall shut, open the pin system of the stall door itself, tie the lead rope around Kicker’s neck (because we all know horses can’t do this themselves) and remove him from his stall – had no good intentions on their mind. And being the lovely animal Kicker is, he followed the requests of the human who handled him without complaint – even if that human was about to place him in harm’s way.

For now, it might also be wise for competitors to consider taking extra precautions to protect their horse’s safety while on show grounds. All competitors have the option to lock their tack stalls and horses into stalls at night – however, there are serious considerations for animal safety in the event of a fire if locks were to be used. Video cameras might be another good option but by law, you must place a sign in front that makes people aware they are being watched. Associations also may employ extra precautions, just as the QHAA tried to do with their extra security guard contracted to walk the grounds. For now, all we really know is that it is up to us as competitors to watch for each other and take matters into our own hands. All of us deserve to go to sleep at night and not have to worry about the safety of our animals on show grounds at events. Ever. Or at least, that’s just my opinion…

– JW

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Anyone with information with regard to this criminal act can contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 and all tips will be kept confidential.

Band City Quarter Horse Show

Winner of the NRHA Open – Vicki Braun

Winner of the NRHA Open – Vicki Braun

Over 1,600 show entries filled the Golden Mile Area for the Band City Quarter Horse Show May 16-19th. Held in Moose Jaw Sask, the Band City show offered Grassroots, AQHA Youth Rookie, and AQHA Youth Amateur classes along with the regular AQHA divisions with 44 NRHA entries. Complete results can be seen here.

 Winner of the NRHA Non Pro and Novice Horse Non Pro – Holly Kowblick

Winner of the NRHA Non Pro and Novice Horse Non Pro – Holly Kowblick

Band City Quarter Horse Show 2014 High Point Results:

Halter Stallions
Champion: Awesome Shadow Bar

Owner: Future Legends Ranch

Halter Geldings
Champion: Dimensional Mr

Exhibitor: Hayley Watt

Reserve Champion: Dont Push My Buttons

Exhibitor: Jayna Hankins

Halter Mares
Champion: Cool Dazzling Sage

Exhibitor: Ron Edwards

Reserve Champion: Krymsun Hot Credit

Exhibitor: Courtney Penner

Senior Horse
Champion: My Absolute Delight

Exhibitor: Danielle MacPherson

Reserve Champion: Zans Olena Jewels

Exhibitor: Cyane Sperle

Junior Horse
Champion: Fifty Six Kruzer

Exhibitor: Jenna Mickelson

Reserve Champion: Krymsun Hot Credit

Exhibitor: Christine Little

Green Horse
Champion: Ahot Invitation

Exhibitor: Morgan Hetke

Reserve Champion: Principle Passion

Exhibitor: Sandi Hebig

Amateur
Champion: My Absolute Delight

Exhibitor: Danielle MacPherson

Reserve Champion: KCS Rockin Rudy

Exhibitor: Chelsie McAllister

Select Amateur
Champion: Dig This Doll

Exhibitor: Roberta James

Reserve Champion: Goodness Shes Good

Exhibitor: Bonnie Quance

Novice Amateur
Champion:Ahot Invitation

Exhibitor: Morgan Hetke

Reserve Champion: WS Made To Be Hot

Exhibitor: Donna Sagin

Youth
Champion: Krymsomatic

Exhibitor: Samantha Boxall

Reserve Champion: Unzipped Image

Exhibitor: Amanda Drake

Novice Youth
Champion: Krymsomatic

Exhibitor: Samantha Boxall

Reserve Champion: Unzipped Image

Exhibitor: Amanda Drake

Grassroots
Champion: So Rich N Amos

Exhibitor: Lindsay Jardine

Reserve Champion: Under The Lethalimit

Exhibitor: Morgan Ashdown

 

Halter class – Logan Bitz

Halter class – Logan Bitz

The SQHA’s next show will be their Summer Slide N Celebration Quarter Horse Show July 10-13. Held at the Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw, there will be 5 judges, and 4 stake classes offered with $500.00 added money: All Breed Western Pleasure Stake, All Breed Hunter Under Saddle Stake, All Breed Ranch Horse Pleasure Stake and All Breed 3 & 4 Year Old Reining Stake. NRHA classes will also have $4500.00 money added as well.

5th Annual Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale

Overall average price: $2649.00
Top 5 horses averaged: $5410.00
Top 10 horses averaged: $4795.00
Average price of 4 yrs & older: $3730.00
Average of 3 year olds: $2650.00
Average price of 2 year olds: $3011.50
Average price of yearlings: $1678.00

The 5th Annual Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale, was held at Prairieland Park on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. A strong set of well-bred horses were consigned by people from all across the prairie provinces. This year the sale had over 200 registered bidders coming from all over the Prairies.

Dan Skeels and Ron Anderson kept the bids coming and the ring men: Joe Farris, Dennis Ericson and Greg Frick did a fine job of taking bids. The office was handled by T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Equine Insurance was offered by Stockman’s Insurance and Dr. Sylvia Carley ensured that all sale horses were ready to be sold.

Once again, K & K Livestock Co. of Calgary, Alta presented a beautiful custom head stall and a bottle of champagne to the purchaser of the high selling horse.

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The High seller of the PQHB Sale was lot#32 Showdown Farrah, a sorrel mare consigned by Ken Layng of Minitonas, Man.

The High seller was lot#32 Showdown Farrah, a sorrel mare consigned by Ken Layng of Minitonas, Man. Leonard Malinowski of Yorkton, Sk. purchased this fine looking mare for his daughter for the sum of $7800.00.

Showdown Farrah is sired by Whisper In Scotch from the Haight Ranch and out of a daughter of Showdown Zee.

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Lot#30 WKK Lil Bar King x Smart Lil Marmoset was the Reserve High Selling Horse, as well as the High Selling Two Yr Old at the PQHB Sale.

Lot#30 WKK Lil Bar King x Smart Lil Marmoset, from Wayne & Kim Knaap’s string of exceptional prospects was the Reserve High Selling Horse, as well as the High Selling Two Yr Old. This handsome & athletic gelding trained & ridden by Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sk sold for $5500.00. Ron Smathers of Sonningdale, Sk. was the victorious bidder.

Brian & Vicki Braun of Beechy, Sk. consigned a beautiful jet black, “chromed up” athletic and cowy gelding, Lot #27 Royal Shiney Blue, sired by Royal Blue Quixote and out of a granddaughter of both Shining Spark and Smart Chic Olena. When the bidding ended at $4800.00, Brian McPhee of Hanley, Sask. was the new owner. Royal Shiney Blue was the Reserve High Selling Two Yr Old.

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The High Selling Three Yr old was a gray gelding, WKK Blue Berry x Smart Lil Marmost.

Another fine consignment from Wayne & Kim Knaap’s ranch at Maple Creek, Sk. and bringing the handsome price tag of $4500.00 was Lot # 13. Jim Rickwood of Biggar, Sk. was the winning bidder of this High Selling Three Yr old gray gelding, WKK Blue Berry x Smart Lil Marmost.

Lot #9. SDP Zacks Telewood , sired by Lenas Telesis X Doc Olena and out of a granddaughter of both Doc Tari and Freckles Playboy was another superb consignment. This awesome and talented cutting mare was offered for sale by her owners, Gerry & Sherry Moyen, of Zenon Park, Sk. and purchased by Dave Manning of Metiskow, Alta. for the price tag of $4500.00.

Dale & Carol Haight, Hanley, Sk. consigned a daughter of Royal Account – Lot # 28 Charging Tulip, out of a granddaughter of both Doc’s Lynx and Showdown Zee. When the bidding was over, Lauren Tam of Saskatoon, Sk. was the triumphant bidder, purchasing this nice bay filly for $3400.00 – the Reserve High Selling Three Yr Old.

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The Hi Selling Yearling – Lot #43 Cats Smart Andy, was purchased for $3900.00 at the PQHB Sale.

Lester & Kate Pryce of Okla, Sk. consigned some very nice horses sired by their stallion, Little Oakie Cat X High Brow Cat. They consigned the Hi Selling Yearling – Lot #43 Cats Smart Andy, a fine bay stallion out of a daughter of WR This Cats Smart, that was purchased by Les Jack of Rocanville, Sk for $3900.00

Kate & Lester Pryce also had the pleasure of consigning the Reserve High Selling Yearling – Lot#20 A Cat In The Henhouse. This well bred brown filly X Little Oakie Cat and out of a daughter of “Rooster” Gallo Del Cielo sold for $3300.00. After lively bidding, Mandy Quam of Grenfell, Sk. was the proud new owner of the filly.

Lot #19 Profits Julianne, sired by Profit Power out of a daughter of Showdown Zee and consigned by Dale Clearwater, Hanley, Sk. was another exciting offering at the 2014 sale. Lora Kampen of Rostern, Sk was the thrilled purchaser of this mare for $4200.00. Dale had placed 2nd in the barrel futurity on the mare at the 1st PQHB Barrel Futurity, the night before.

Lot #52 WKK Little Molly x Smart Lil Marmost, offered by Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk. was another wonderful consignment. This 2012 gray filly was a real eye-catcher and full of action under the capable hands of Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sk. Dave Manning of Metiskow, Alta. was the successful purchaser at $4100.00

A fancy palomino mare, Lot # 21 Cruzin On Q Chex x Shiners Q Chex – consigned by Lyle & Cathy Ludwig of Craven, Sk. was also a highlight of the sale. This mare was purchased by Sandhill’s Stables of Saskatoon, Sk. for $3900.00.

Lot# 64 MJ Colonel Tanquery, a 2009 good looking brown gelding, consigned by Gerry Stanley of Biggar, Sk. was another excellent offering. This gelding sold for $3800.00 to Frank Gerich of Delisle, Sk.

Don & Rhonda Allen of Turtleford, Sask. sold a superior brown 2009 gelding, Lot # 15, We Wuz Shocked x Butzie Boon Bar WF X Mr Roan Freckles for $3500.00. He was purchased by Alyssa Ouimette of Stony Beach, Sk.

There were many additional, very talented and stunning horses offered for sale at the 2014 PQHB sale that were purchased by some very thrilled people. We are hopeful that many of them will return to compete in the annual Prairie Futurity.

The PQHB would like to thank all of our dedicated consignors for another outstanding bunch of horses for the PQHB Sale. They would also like to thank all of the buyers. They know they can feel confident in the horses they purchased. It pays to ride a PQHB Horse!

4th Annual Prairie Futurity

A well-attended and very successful 4th annual Prairie Futurity was held on April 18th, 2014 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The entries were up and the competition was fierce! Over $20,000.00 was presented in prizes & cash thanks to the assistance & support of our many generous sponsors. Horses eligible to compete in the Futurity are those horses purchased at past PQHB Sales.

OPEN 2 YEAR OLDS: Lunge Line, Trail in Hand & Conformation Class

Awards: payouts of $2100.00 CASH, an award blanket, 2 award chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds ,Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 6 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hi-Pro feed

PH(4) Open 2 Yr Champion

Open 2 Year Old Champion, The Next Great Jewel

  Champion Handler: Shauna Getz, Lucky Lake, Sk.

Horse: The Next Great Jewel # 5466565 – 2013 Dun Filly

Sire: The Jewel Snipper

Owner of Horse: Steve Wick

Breeder of Horse: Whitby Farms, Lucky Lake, Sk.

 

PHRes Open 2 yr old class

Open 2 yr old Reserve Champion, Boom Boom Olena

Res. Champion Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boom Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnic

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Kristi Anne Naaj, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Shesa Smokin Annie # 5451625 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smokin Boonsmal

Owner of Horse: Keith Bryenton

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sk.

4th place Handler: Chad Haaland, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: My Butz Blue Velvet # 5464563 – 2013 Blue Roan Stallion

Sire: Butzie Boon Bar WF

Owner of Horse: Chad Haaland

Breeder of Horse: Allen Quarter Horses, Turtleford, Sk.

5th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

6th place Handler: Cindy Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

YOUTH 2 YEAR OLDS: Trail-In-Hand & Conformation

Awards: payouts of $400.00 CASH, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, equine totes/goodies, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, 5 X $20 Early’s gift certificates, Hoffman’s minerals , Hi-Pro Feeds

 

PH(3) youth  2 yr horses class

Youth 2 yr Old Champion, Solboons Royal Lace

Champion Handler: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Solboons Royal Lace # 5478119 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

 

PHYouth 2 yr old class - 2nd pLACE

Youth 2 yr Class 2nd Place, Oh San Lynx

Res. Champion Handler: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Oh San Lynx # 5449351 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: John Black

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

3rd place Handler: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Smart Shena Girl # 5506417 – 2013 Bay Filly

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

4th place Handler: Halle Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Bingos Cutie # 5501746 – 2012 Dun Filly

Sire: MJ Dual Power

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.

5th place Handler: Courtney Kwasnica, Aberdeen, Sk.

Horse: Boom Boom Olena #5467123 – 2013 Sorrel Filly

Sire: Solanos Boon Olena

Owner of Horse: Courtney Kwasnica

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600.00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PHNon Pro Permance Champion

Non Pro Performance 3 yr Old Champion, MTR Pistolpackinmama

Champion Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

Reserve Champion Rider: Jessie Wruck, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Smart Oakie Cat # 5383203 – 2011 Bay Gelding

Sire: Little Oakie Cat

Owner of Horse: Scott & Jesse Wruck

Breeder of Horse: Red Spring Ranch, Okla, Sk.

 

OPEN PERFORMANCE “Affordable Barns” Futurity CLASS – 3 YEAR OLD HORSES

Awards: payouts of $600 .00 CASH, an award blanket, award stirrups, award buckle, 2 chairs, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals ,2 x $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 X $20 Early’s gift certificates

PH( 1) Affordable Barns Open Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Champion, CD Wilywood

Champion Rider: Bonnie Gerich, Delisle, Sk.

Horse: CD Wilywood #5393739 – 2011 Dun Gelding

Sire:Tuko Two Wood

Owner of Horse: Sarah Watamaniuk Paddison

Breeder of Horse: Frank & Bonnie Gerich, Delisle,Sk.

PH( 3)  Open Performance Reserve Champion

Open Performance 3 yr Old Reserve Champion, Wkk Playin Safe

Reserve Champion Rider: Heather Chow, Prince Albert, Sk.

Horse: Wkk Playin Safe # 5362039 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Heather Chow

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk

 

Greenhawk’s OPEN HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $500.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

PHopen horsemanship champion

Open Horsemanship Champion, Good Little Talker

Champion Rider: Danielle Bergen, Warman, Sk.

Horse: Good Little Talker # 5327026 – 2011 Bay Roan Mare

Sire: Dimensions Cowboy

Owner of Horse: Danielle Bergen

Breeder of Horse: Mc Burney Farms, Coronach, Sk

2nd place Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

3rd place Rider: Marilee Farrow, Dalmeny, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

K & K Land Management’s SEASONED RIDERS “DAY ON THE RANCH ” CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, an award buckle, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals , 2 chairs, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, Early’s gift certificates

PH(3) day on the Ranch

Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” Champion, Scotch Time Sarge

Champion Rider: Richard King, Saskatoon, Sk.

Horse: Scotch Time Sarge # 5218084 – 2009 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Richard King

Breeder of Horse: Haight Ranch, Hanley, Sask.

PH(3) day on the Ranch Reserve Champion

Seasoned Riders “Day on the Ranch ” 2nd Place, WKK Promise

2nd place Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: WKK Promise # 5284739 – 2010 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Lil Marmoset

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Mike Bertrand, Lloydminster , Alta.

Horse: MTR Pistolpackinmama # 5436718 – 2011 Gray Filly

Sire: Circle Bar Gray Gun

Owner of Horse: Mike Bertrand

Breeder of Horse: Myterra Ranch, Cadogan, Alta

 

Greenhawk’s NERVOUS NOVICE & YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLASS

Awards: payouts of $450.00 CASH, an award blanket, awards valued at $500.00 , Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals

PH( 2) Greenhawk's NN & Youth Champion

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

PH(2) 2 nd place NN & Youth Horsemanship

Nervous Novice & Youth Horsemanship Class 2nd Place, Ms Jewel Bar

2nd place Rider: Cobi Quiring, Asquith, Sk.

Horse: Ms Jewel Bar # 5338827 – 2010 Bay Mare

Sire: Smart Jack Bar

Owner of Horse: Cindy Quiring

Breeder of Horse: Southern Springs Stable, Rockglen, Sk.

3rd place Rider: Josey Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Silverado Coco Puff # 5339200 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Dox Silverado Gold

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Lazy J Bar Livestock, Borden, Sk.

4th place Rider: Abby Black, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Nitro Quill # 5420288 – 2011 Sorrel Gelding

Sire: Nitro Glycerine

Owner of Horse: Southern Springs Stable

Breeder of Horse: Running Bar F Quarter Horses, Grandora, Sk.

5th place Rider: Lacey Stewart, Watrous, Sk.

Horse: MJ Snickels Maggie #5326293 2010 Grullo Mare

Sire: Snickelsfritz Flip

Owner of Horse: Dean Stewart

Breeder of Horse: MJ Quarter Horses, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man

 

YOUTH RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of $100.00 cash, an award blanket, $100 Cowtown gift certificate, $20 Early’s gift certicate, equine feed , Hoffman’s minerals

PH(-3)-Youth-Ranch-Horse-x

Youth Ranch Horse Competition Champion, Showdown Farrah

Champion Rider: Whitney Nepinak, Swan River, Man.

Horse: Showdown Farrah # 5293683 – 2011 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Whisper In Scotch

Owner of Horse: Ken Layng

Breeder of Horse: Barrie & Angela Stewart, Rockglen, Sk.

 

NON-PRO “K&K Livestock” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a WORKING COW HORSE SADDLE, RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $1000.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

PH(4)-Non-Pro-Ranch-Champion

Non Pro Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Wendy Naclia, Norquay, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

PHNon-Pro-Reserve-Ranch-Horse

Non Pro Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Sparkle Jack Sparrow

Reserve Champion Rider: Ron Farrow, Delmany, Sk.

Horse: Sparkle Jack Sparrow # 5198368 – 2009 Bay Gelding

Sire: Footworks Freckle

Owner of Horse: Ron & Marilee Farrow

Breeder of Horse: Horseshoe Ranch, Frobisher, Sk.

 

OPEN “Moose Jaw Toyota Trailer Sales” RANCH HORSE COMPETITION

Awards: payouts of a one year lease of a Horse Trailer , RESERVE CHAMPION BUCKLE , $800.00 CASH, 2 award blankets, Equine 2000, Masterfeeds Equine feed, Hoffman’s minerals, 2 X $100 Cowtown gift certificates, 2 chairs, Hi-Pro feed, 2 X $20 Early’s Gift certificates.

PH(-3)-Open-Ranch-Horse-Champion

Open Ranch Horse Champion, Lena Is San Smart

Champion Rider: Dale Clearwater, Hanley, Sk.

Horse: Lena Is San Smart # 4953682 – 2006 Sorrel Mare

Sire: Smart Adversary

Owner of Horse: Brian & Wendy Naclia

Breeder of Horse: Nanette & Mickey Choquer, Rockglen, Sk.

PHOpen-RanchHorse-Reserve-Champion

Open Ranch Horse Reserve Champion, Kings Crystalite

Reserve Champion Rider: Seth Abrahamson, Broderick, Sk.

Horse: Kings Crystalite # 5273218 – 2010 Palomino Mare

Sire: Silver Sage Dually

Owner of Horse: Beth Manz

Breeder of Horse: Coldwell Ranch, Davidson, Sk.

PQHB Barrel Futurity and Derby
Futurity Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Nikki Ballard Classy Stage Pass Allen Quarter Horses 16.603 16.061
Dale Clearwater Profits Julianne Haight Ranch 16.476 16.432
Whitney Nepinak Showdown Farrah Haight Ranch 18.802 19.286
 
 Derby Rider Horse Breeder Run 1 Run 2
Karletta DeWitt Ruby Lookin E Breitkreuz 16.102 15.851
Tyrelle DeWitt Hawklands Andromeda Dave & Shirley Chostner 16.365 16.738
Kim Salmond Pepolenas Rebel Moon Scott Performance Horses 15.298 NT
Jade Lenard MTR Royal Chip It Ed Masson NT NT

 

Canadian Youth World Cup Riders

Photo by Jenn Webster.

The United States will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held at Bryan College Station, Bryan, Texas from July 2-15, 2014. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.

The CQHA Youth World up Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected 10 qualified youth participants from applications received from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2014.

Competing riders are:

Shayley Beaton

Shayley Beaton, 17, from High River, Alberta joins Team Canada and brings with her a vast amount of horse show experience. Shayley competes nationally and throughout the US at top level shows and has earned many circuit awards at these shows. She has been an All American Quarter Horse Congress finalist in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation and has also been a member for the Alberta NYATT team. Shayley’s other accomplishments include qualifying nationally for the AQHYA world show, qualifying for and having a top ten placing at the Novice Championship Show (West) and earning National Championship titles in Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter, Showmanship and Western Pleasure.

Shayley’s life is pretty much dedicated to horses. When not in the show pen or starting young horses, she enjoys the opportunity to ride a variety of other equine disciplines including Reining, Cutting, Heading and Healing, Jumping and Cross Country Eventing. When not riding a horse, Shayley enjoys playing rugby for her school or volunteering in her community. Most noteworthy is that Shayley’s home community was destroyed by the June flood. High River had mandatory evacuations and Shayley spent her time giving back to the community by volunteering with Mission Impossible, a home-town flood relief organization.Shayley looks forward to bring her vast show experience and her passion for the sport to Texas with Team Canada in 2014.

Quinn Brandt

Team Canada welcomes back rider Quinn Brandt. Quinn, 16, is from Steinbach, Manitoba. She rode for Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany. As an all-around rider, Quinn competed and placed in Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Trail. Her dedication to her team, her sportsmanship and of course, her riding experience and show record earned her a place on the 2014 team.

Quinn has been riding since she was five years old. Since her first riding experience, Quinn fell in love with the horse world and began her show career. She has had the opportunity to train with numerous trainers and show numerous horses in the Quarter Horse circuit as well as at futurities. Her success in the show ring has been rewarded with many circuit and year-end high point awards both in Canada and the United States, two 2-year-old futurity championships and top ten Novice Champion Show (west) in 2012. Quinn has also earned multiple Canadian National Championships and Reserve Championships.

In her little bit of spare time, Quinn is very involved in school sports. She plays volleyball, basketball, badminton and has participated in track and field. Quinn can also be found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church, Quinn is excited to bring her enthusiasm, her experience and her dedication back to Team Canada 2014.

Jenna Salmon

Jenna Salmon, 16, is excited to be representing Canada as a rider for the 2014 Youth World Cup. Born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta, Jenna has had the fortune of riding horses most of her life. She has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. She grew up riding her father’s horses and got her own first horse when she was nine years old. It was then she began taking lessons and showing at the Central Alberta open show circuits. It wasn’t long before she began showing the Quarter Horse circuits in Alberta and was soon traveling to the larger circuits throughout the US. In 2011, Jenna made the trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and ended being a finalist in Showmanship and was able to capture the elusive title of Congress Champion in Western Pleasure. Jenna has also accumulated many circuit championships throughout Canada and the United States.

When not showing, Jenna keeps herself busy playing ringette, being an Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association board member and with her photography hobby.Jenna’s experience and success with showing at many of the top ten shows in the US and with showing many different horses has prepared Jenna to be a strong competitor for Team Canada 2014.

Madison Steed, 17, is from Cochrane, Alberta. She has been involved in the sport of reining for the past eight years and has built a most commendable show record. She has shown many different horses at a very high level of competition. Madison has shown successfully throughout Western Canada and has qualified and shown multiple times at the North American Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma, most recently being in 2012 where she earned the title of Youth 14-18 champion and top ten placings in the Non-Pro classes. After qualifying yet again, Sarah is heading back to Oklahoma in November to compete once again and try to reclaim her championship title.

Madison also had the opportunity to show at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in Kentucky this past summer. There she participated as a member of Team Canada and proudly wore the gold medal two times at the competition, once for her individual event and one for her team event.

When Madison is not in the Reining pen, she is busy volunteering at the barn she trains at or out playing volleyball. You may also catch her taking a Cutting or a Dressage lesson. Madison is looking forward to bringing her experience and her strong work ethic to Team Canada 2014.

Haley Stradling

Haley Stradling, 16, from Aldergrove, British Columbia, is thrilled to be returning to Team Canada for 2014. Haley was a rider for Team Canada in 2012 in Kreuth, Germany. On the first night of the Youth World Cup 2012, Haley had a great ride on the cutting horse she was given and soon found herself center-ring, with coach Della Cryderman, as the Canadian national anthem was played in honour of being placed first under both judges. What an opening night for Haley and for Team Canada!

Haley has been riding both English and Western all of her life. She is a versatile rider competing in Cutting and in the Hunter/Jumper rings. Haley has won many awards both in the Hunter/Jumper events and the Cutting ring. After becoming two times AQHA Youth World Cup Champion in Kreuth, Haley went on to become the BC Ranch Cutting $2000 Limited Rider Reserve Champion and the British Columbia Cutting Horse Association Aggregate $2000 Limited Rider Champion. She continued with, and surpassed these accomplishments in 2013. In the jumping world, Haley impressed many with top placings in all of her completions including The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She is presently preparing for the Maclay Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Kentucky and for the 2013 Royal Winter Fair. Haley’s outgoing personality, her dedication, her hard work and her goal oriented attitude has helped in meeting her number one equine goal: to be invited to be a member of Team Canada 2014.

 Alternate riders are:

Sarah Dow

Sarah Dow, 18, lives in Brownsville, Ontario. She has been riding American Quarter Horses since she was six years old. She has successfully shown and accumulated points in the all-around events in Quarter Horse circuits in Ontario and throughout the states. Sarah has shown her three horses over the past couple of years and is now focusing on showing her horse, Gentlemens Club.

When Sarah is not showing, she spends her time volunteering for a variety of organizations including the Key Club (Glendale High School), being a past president and director for the Oxford Trail Riders and being a past director at large for the OQHA (youth). Sarah also enjoys being involved in her high school band and music council. Sarah looks forward to bringing her skills and her enthusiasm to the team in 2014.

Hannah Buijs

Hannah Buijs, 13, comes from Lisle, Ontario. She has been showing her Quarter Horse, Lopin To The Bar, for the last four years. Hannah has been very successful in the show pen earning points in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Hannah is a very motivated and competitive rider.

When not spending time with her horses, Hannah enjoys volunteering at her school in various capacities including lunch and bus helper, being a reader for a child with learning disabilities and at the school’s learning centre for children with disabilities. Hannah also gives her time as an Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Director. Hannah is looking forward to bring her enthusiasm, her charisma and her skills to Texas as an alternate rider for Team Canada.

Youth Leadership members are:

Laura Berensci

Laura Berensci, 16, who is from Paris, Ontario,returns to Team Canada as a leader for 2014. In 2012, Laura traveled to Kreuth, Germany with the team as a leader and her dedication to the team, hard work and outstanding leadership skills earned her spot on the 2014 team.

Laura has been riding since she was eight-years-old. She began showing with the Ancaster Saddle Club and then moved in to showing AHQA four years ago. Although focusing on her favorite English hunt seat classes with her present horse, Laura does not disappoint when stepping in to the Western performance classes.

Laura easily keeps herself busy inside and outside of the show ring. When not showing, she is quick to lend a helping hand to fellow exhibitors and often finds herself with a manure fork in hand. When not at the show or in the barn, Laura is busy with her rugby team, working towards getting her private pilot’s license, working at the Pita Pit or fulfilling her duties at the Admiral Nelles Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. Laura is looking forward to bringing her experience and joining her teammates in Texas in 2014.

Paige McNally

Paige McNally, 16, lives in Fort Frances, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses since 2008 in the all-around events. Paige has earned many circuit and year end championship and reserve championships awards, AQHA all-around and runner up awards and has most recently earned herself the title of AQHA Youth Champion on her horse, Solo Commodity. Paige enjoys riding just about any horse she can swing her leg over, two-year-olds to 20-year-olds.

Paige enjoys spending all of her time at the barn but also enjoys being a member of her high school band, helping coach for the Learn To Skate Program, working as a ring steward for open shows and volunteering at the local veterinary clinic. Paige is looking forward to putting her hard work to use in 2014 with Team Canada.

Sharese Rivait

Team Canada would like to welcome Sharese Rivait, 14, who hails from Orillia, Ontario. When not training and showing in Texas and other states, Sharese spends time showing with her family in the Eastern Ontario area. Sharese shows all-around events and her work has been recognized with numerous awards including being a four-times world show qualifier, earning her superiors in Trail and Western Horsemanship and becoming an AQHA youth champion. She has been a member of the Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association NYATT team in 2011 riding in the Western Horsemanship class (ending up being a finalist).

When not riding, Sharese is busy volunteering for the Ontario Quarter Horse Association as a director and with fundraisers. She also volunteers for her school and for various local organizations and events. Sharese is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport of horse-showing as she represents her country in 2014.

Team Canada’s coach and manager are:

Della Cryderman

Team Canada Coach Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman’s daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.

Karen Westerback

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters.

CQHA is very pleased and fortunate to be able to benefit from the previous AQHA Youth World Cup experience of Della Cryderman and Karen Westerback, as they were Team Canada’s coach and manager, respectively in 2008 and  2012.

NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

The million dollar sire, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Photo by Cam Essick.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the newest member to its Million Dollar Sire line up, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Einstein is the 26th stallion to become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, putting him alongside the likes of Smart Spook, Gunner, Nu Chex To Cash and many other greats.

Sired by Great Red Pine, out of Cow Patty (AQHA Silversnow Pinestep) by Greyhound Step, the 1997 AQHA stallion was bred by Randy Hamilton, owned by Bridgette Lanham. During his successful show career, he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000.

Highlights of his show career include:

2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2002 NRBC Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

His top earning offspring include:

Einsteins Revolution (out of Fly Flashy Jac): $352,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Wagner & Vandorp; 2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist and NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2006 NRBC Open Champion and NRHA Derby finalist; 2007 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, Intermediate Open Champion and NRHA Derby Open Intermediate Reserve Champion. Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to go over the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark.

Great Sun Burst (out of Docs Sun Burst): $342,300 NRHA LTE, owned by 23 Quarter Horses; 2006 NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2008 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist; 2009 NRBC Level 4 (L4) Open finalist and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 and 2011 NRHA Open World Champion; 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champion.

Kaystein (out of Kays Freckles): $81,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Susa Sauer; 2009 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Champion and Americana NRHA Open finalist.